This Week at the Movies, Part 2 (Jun. 6-8, 2014)

Because of embargoes (those happy little restrictions on when critics can post reviews, good or bad), a lot of our critics aren’t able to share links with you until release day. Here are some last-minute reviews for this weekend’s upcoming films. We’ve kept in all the reviews posted yesterday as well so you can have more help in deciding what to see (if you haven’t already).

Our critics have been hard at work reviewing the latest films. Here is a look at what’s coming out this weekend (in select cities, check your local listings) and what else may be in theaters right now.

Opening: Jun. 6-8, 2014

Wide (United States)

Edge of Tomorrow

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The Fault in Our Stars

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Expanding (United States)

Chef

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Limited (United States)

Anna

Marina Antunes @ Quiet Earth

Borgman

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: Writer/director Alex van Warmerdam’s (“Grimm”) latest parable is dark, tense and often funny, playing like a mashup of “Down and Out in Beverly Hills” and Hanaeke’s “Funny Games,” but just when you think you’ve got a handle on his meaning, events conspire to undermine it.

[New Today] Mark Harris @ About.com

Obvious Child

David Bax @ Battleship Pretension

  • Excerpt: Robespierre’s camera is not ostentatiously mannered nor is it assertively “realistic,” which usually just means jittery and handheld. In a commendably assured way for someone making a first feature, Robespierre’s filmmaking never calls attention to itself.

Patrick Bromley @ F This Movie!
Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk

Rigor Mortis

Brent McKnight @ Beyond Hollywood

The Sacrament

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Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: Meyers has distilled an overwhelming amount of celebrity anecdotes, weaving them throughout the film relating Gordon’s history. And what a story it is!

Trust Me

Josh Spiegel @ Movie Mezzanine

2014 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

3 Days to Kill

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22 Jump Street

Blake Howard @ Graffiti with Punctuation

  • Excerpt: 22 Jump Street is the kind of funny that leaves your stomach sore and face hurt.

Darren Mooney @ the m0vie blog

  • Excerpt: Might as well jump…

300: Rise of an Empire

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Belle

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Blended

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Blue Ruin

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Calvary

[New Today] Simon Miraudo @ Quickflix

Cold in July

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The Dance of Reality

Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com

  • Excerpt: Hopefully, “The Dance of Reality” will usher in more films from a brave filmmaker whose imagination, inspiration, and execution is pure.

Dead Snow: Red vs. Dead

Patrick Bromley @ F This Movie!

Emoticon

Jana Monji @ Examiner.com

Endless Love

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Fed Up

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Filth

[New Today] Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic

  • Excerpt: Filth is ballsy, fierce, frenetic, gonzo, lunatic, and wildly perverse—and those are all meant as compliments. In short, it’s a dark, diseased blast and James McAvoy is electrifying to watch.

For No Good Reason

Jonathan Richards @ www.jonrichardsplace.com

  • Excerpt: Paul and Depp don’t get us very deep under the skin of Steadman the man, but what this film does to brilliant effect is to take us through the Steadman creative process.

Frank

[New Today] Simon Miraudo @ Quickflix

Gebo and the Shadow

Carson Lund @ In Review Online

  • Excerpt: The overwhelming stasis of Gebo and the Shadow is hardly indicative of a creative impasse; on the contrary, the film finds its director, even while indirectly confronting his own mortality, as sharp and crafty as ever.

Godzilla

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The Grand Budapest Hotel

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The Grand Seduction

Frank Ochieng @ Sound on Sight

  • Excerpt: Breezy, mildly confusing and charmingly off-kilter The Grand Seduction is an English-language Canadian film that tickles the funnybone in its cheeky conviction detailing the desperate economical times of a financially-strapped Newfoundland fishing village.

Just a Sigh

Jonathan Richards @ www.jonrichardsplace.com

  • Excerpt: The lovers don’t set off a spark, just a sigh, but they give us a pleasant hour and 45 minutes in Paris, a little sex, a little wine, a little conversation, and how bad can that be?

Locke

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Lucky Them

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: A beautiful performance by Toni Collette

Majstori

Dragan Antulov @ Draxblog VI [Croatian]

Maleficent

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A Million Ways to Die in the West

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The Monuments Men

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Neighbors

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Night Moves

Brent McKnight @ Beyond Hollywood

  • Excerpt: ‘Night Moves’ is a decent eco thriller, but never adds up to more than that.

Frank Ochieng @ Sound on Sight

  • Excerpt: Methodical, moody and breezily reflective, Reichardt’s suspense piece has a slow-footed pacing but registers with quiet resonance in its message about lingering environmental indifference and the retaliation against the establishment that allows for such blatant negligence.

[New Today] Jamie S. Rich @ DVD Talk

  • Excerpt: As dramatic as all this sounds, Reichardt doesn’t needlessly dramatize any of it. Rather, as with all her narratives, she lets the events move at their natural pace, allowing her characters to be as they are and do what they may.

Nymphomaniac: Volumes 1 & 2

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Only Lovers Left Alive

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Rio 2

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The Signal

[New Today] Ron Wilkinson @ Its Just Movies

  • Excerpt: New director William Eubank gives it a good try but fails to capitalize on a good idea.

Stand Clear of the Closing Doors

[New Today] Ron Wilkinson @ Its Just Movies

  • Excerpt: A fantastic and supremely realistic journey into the underworld of the subway and the nether world of the illegal alien.

The Two Faces of January

Daniel Kelly @ Danland

  • Excerpt: “The Two Faces of January” could be discredited as derivative or slow, but Amini has a knack for timing his pay-offs, cultivating a milieu possessed by maleficence .

The Unknown Known

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We Are the Best!

Chris Barsanti @ Film Racket
Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: There are sweet moments and Grosin’s dynamic performance percolates, but “We Are the Best!” is more tedious than anarchic.

[New Today] Ron Wilkinson @ Its Just Movies

  • Excerpt: A coming of age frolic with lessons for all ages.

Willow Creek

[New Today] Mark Harris @ About.com

Words and Pictures

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: Binoche is a marvel playing a painter whose rheumatoid arthritis is curtailing the scope of her art and life.

[New Today] Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies

  • Excerpt: [T]he real fight is between phony material and two actors who know better.

Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com

  • Excerpt: Erudite if uninspiring…Binoche and Owen deserve better.

X-Men: Days of Future Past

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2013 Films In Theaters Now In Select Areas

DSKNECTD

Marina Antunes @ Row Three

Ernest & Celestine

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Escape from Tomorrow

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Some Velvet Morning

Dustin Jansick @ Way Too Indie

  • Excerpt: It’s like a 90 minute ticking time-bomb that’s ready to explode at any moment, and in the end it does detonate.

Wrong Cops

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

  • Excerpt: …this black comedy is missing the unique conceptual meta-humor of Quentin Dupieux’s first two movies. It plays more like mildly edgy sketch comedy—it’s almost mainstream.

2014 Films (Coming Soon)

Age of Panic

[New Today] Jean-François Vandeuren @ Panorama-cinema.com [French]

Animals

Patrick Bromley @ F This Movie!

Cement Suitcase

Frank Ochieng @ Sound on Sight

  • Excerpt: Writer-director J. Rick Castaneda’s indie film Cement Suitcase has an off-kilter winning spirit that soars above its quirky pathos…Infectiously witty, irreverent and bouncy…

Chilla

[New Today] Ron Wilkinson @ Its Just Movies

  • Excerpt: A minimalist investigation into Turkish women bearing the sins of the world.

Dangerous Acts Starring The Unstable Elements of Belarus

[New Today] Ron Wilkinson @ Its Just Movies

  • Excerpt: Not just another theatrical performance, Unstable Elements acts to live.

God Help the Girl

[New Today] Simon Miraudo @ Quickflix

Holiday

[New Today] Kathy Gibson @ Access Bollywood

I Put a Hit On You

Patrick Bromley @ F This Movie!

Razing the Bar

Brent McKnight @ Beyond Hollywood

Spaces and Reservations

Marina Antunes @ Row Three

Time Lapse

Brent McKnight @ Giant Freakin’ Robot

  • Excerpt: ‘Time Lapse’ gives you a look at your dark, twisted future.

WolfCop

[New Today] Marina Antunes @ Quiet Earth

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